The Libby App

I’ve become more inclined to read on my phone. It’s more convenient than stuffing a paperback into my purse and hoping that the cover or the pages don’t crease, and it’s far less bulky than sitting with a massive hardcover on my lap.

eBooks are plentiful on Amazon and Kindle, but the cost adds up quick. I shy away from ones priced above $2.99 but sticking mainly to the $1.99 books (aka on sale). I can usually justify such a price, but the budget has gotten rather tight recently.

Enter Libby: an app that allows the user to borrow eBooks from their local library.

Libby let me choose my library and browse its collection of eBooks and audiobooks even before I entered my library card number. Once I entered that bit of information, I could borrow and put holds on books. I’ve already buzzed through one book (Lock In by John Scalzi), have a second one downloaded, and have two holds that should be available in a couple weeks.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg library is substantial, but I hadn’t gotten a library card until finding Libby. It’s one thing to drive all the way to the library, spend forty-five minutes browsing the stacks, check-out with the librarian, and then drive home. It’s another thing entirely to browse through the Libby app and press a button to either borrow or put a hold on an eBook. Plus there’s the whole difference in returning said books. One involves driving back to the library. The other involves opening the app and pressing a button.

I’m not knocking physical libraries at all; there are few things better than meandering through shelves upon shelves of books. It’s just that I don’t have time in my schedule. So Libby lets me borrow library books without the logistics of going to the library.

Do you borrow books from the library? Do you prefer borrowing physical books or eBooks?


The Unread Books on my Nook

When given the choice, I’d much rather pickup a hardcover or a paperback instead of my eReader. But that doesn’t mean I don’t surf through the Nook Bookstore on occasion when there are deals to be had. My newly-bought books just may not be read for weeks… months… okay, sometimes years.

It’s been such a long time since I looked at what’s on my Nook that I decided to remind myself what’s on there. If memory serves me, most of them were on sale at the time of purchase. I just can’t pass up a good deal when it involves books.

. Here’s a look at what’s unread on my Nook:

Zeroes by Chuck Wendig
I bought Zeroes after reading The Harvest Triology but before picking up Blackbirds. It’s a hacker novel that sounded interesting and happened to be on sale last summer. There’s another book set in the universe scheduled to come out later this year.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Back when the Outlander TV show first premiered, the eBook it was based upon went on sale for $0.99. I opened the file once, saw the page count was over 700 pages, and promptly closed it. It’ll get read… eventually.

A Study in Scarlet The Sign of Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I originally purchased this two-pack thinking it was just A Study in Scarlet. I haven’t read either story in at least ten years, and I’d like to get back into the original Sherlock Holmes stories.

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Reviewing YA books for the Gary Forbes Foundation allowed me to read a couple of Maureen Johnson’s books. 13 Little Blue Envelopes has always been one that I meant to check out.

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter
I’m cheating a bit here. I’ve read Alice in Zombieland before, and it was one of my favorite zombie books a few years ago. So I want to reread it and see if it lives up to how I remember it.

Violent Ends
Delilah S. Dawson contributed to this short story collection and has written about it a number of times on her blog. It sounds interesting: a collection of fictional stories showing different points of view of a school shooting.

Haunting Zoe by Sherry D. Ficklin
I love Sherry D. Ficklin’s Katherine the Great series, and so I snatched up this book when I saw it was free in the Nook Bookstore. The description makes me think it’s a supernatural romance.

Somebody Tell Aunt Tille She’s Dead by Christiana Miller
The title sold me on this book. That and the fact that it was free. It’s another supernatural story with ghosts and demons(?) and things going bad pretty fast. I’m honestly just intrigued by the title.

Do you have an eReader? Do you have any eBooks that you’ve bought but not read yet?